Here’s a book I had trouble putting down. I’m a sucker for strange ideas, crazy explanations of daily life events, and theories that border the insane.
John Keel is the author of the now-famous Mothman Prophecies, a book in which I first realized that there are very strange things taking place in our world. If only half of what Keel writes about is true, then it seems we are and have been visited by alien entities for an unclear purpose, entities whose reality, purpose, and modus operandi go against everything we would consider rational.
In the beginning, there was nothing. The spirit of god floated above the waters.
And then, Charles Fort wrote his Book of the Damned. Thousands of people across the world read about mysterious objects that fell from the sky, lights that accompanied volcanic activity, and the appearance of creatures that belonged in old mythological folklore, not in our highways and mountain deserts.
John Keel analyzes and develops Fort’s ideas, refining them even further: The strange, the oddities, are coming to our world, not from Jupiter, Alpha Centauri, or Zeta Reticuli. They are part of our world, simply existing in a separate dimension, a different vibration, or some kind of parallel earth that we can’t perceive because of our limited understanding. Isn’t the spectrum of visible light only a small fraction of the entire range of wavelengths that fly around at any given moment?
Ok, so here we have a clear example of how limited our understanding of the universe really is. If we only believed what we can see with our eyes, we would not know about x rays, infrared, radio signals…what other things can we not perceive from our human perspective? What is our brain really capable of, what is our collective brain network capable of?
Hungry lights in our skies
UFOs are not something new. Strange things in the sky have appeared in almost every age of our human evolution. The gods came on their chariots and demanded sacrifices. We are property, Fort said. The ancient Mayan gods, or the Sumerian gods, or the Chinese divine kings, all required from humans labor and gold. And blood. One of the things that have always intrigued me is the fact that sacrifices and pain were always part of religious worship. The film trilogy Matrix made the whole world think about this possibility: we are here only to provide a service to other entities. In the film, humans provided energy to the machines which kept them under a simulated reality. Conspiracy theories involving reptilians or “Illuminati” sometimes blame them for large-scale conflicts such as terrorist attacks and warfare. The attacks of September 11th are sometimes thought to be a sort of ritualized sacrifice, with an undetermined -to us- purpose. Some say that it was a blood sacrifice to make the gods happy, some others wonder whether the powers-that-be are not required, in exchange for power and wealth, to carry out periodical executions to feed the hunger for energy of some discarnate entity which supposedly they’re working for.
Yes, really. Religious stories from South America, Africa, or the Middle East always seem to involve this common theme: we are here to work for the gods. In ancient times, the gods walked around us. They were the giants of the bible, they guided the ancient peoples, taught them agriculture, astrology, the wisdom of the heavens. But they didn’t do it for free. Controversial author Zacharia Sitchin claims that his interpretation of the Sumerian texts reveals that the human race was genetically created by these gods, who demanded from us that we mined the gold that they required for their planets. In Colombia, Indians crafted jewelry from gold, elaborate necklaces, and rings that they later simply threw into the waters of Lake Guatavita. Why? For the gods, apparently.
Yes, my bad.
I would say the main ideas of this book are:
- Ancient civilizations have existed, civilizations of which we have no clear knowledge and which possessed a degree of technological sophistication that we today would not attribute to them, given how far back in human history they existed.
All the records we can collect from these civilizations appear in our most ancient religious texts, which were written thousands of years after the actual facts, and by then these real entities were idolized as gods and worshipped as creators. Maybe they did engineer our species to serve a purpose, or maybe they simply used their knowledge to subdue humans and force them to labour in their behalf.
- Parallel to this idea, we also have the idea that modern UFOs and ancient stories of burning trees and fire raining from the heavens have more in common than we think. Of a rather psychic and not physical nature, incidents of alien abduction, strange sea serpents or even mediumship have all in common with the sightings of the children from Fatima, or the visions from Moses and his burning bush. All through our history, the unknown has been visiting us with relative periodicity. And it adapts, it changes according to our needs. Before, it was the gods. Then, it was the fairies. Then, it become the UFOs. Soon, it will change again, reborn as a new fear emerges in our collective consciousness.
Would you recommend this book to other people?
Quite definitely. While I would not call myself a true believer, I have to admit that recently I have been exploring the theory that UFOs are coming from inside us, from inside our consciousness, perhaps messages from entities that belong to a different realm of existence, and which manifest through our physical brain, getting entangled in whatever thoughts we have as individuals and as a collective. We no longer see aliens that wear scuba suits, the alien has evolved alongside our society.
It makes more sense to me to believe that this phenomenon of UFOs and other oddities in our world come from the same world, but a separate plane, than the idea that the visitors come from different planets or galaxies altogether, that they decide to materialize in front of truckdriver Joe who is then subjected to inordinary medical examinations and sometimes even forced to procreate with female humanoids to spread our seed to the most distant corners of the cosmos.
If there is anything that I have to criticize is the final chapter where the author paints a very grim image of the present world – or as present as it was back in 1988. “People are shooting each other for parking spaces!” he says. It seems more dramatic than necessary, and the author failed to see the irony in his closing statements and the fact that he himself included some examples of failed doomsday prophecies that plague our historical archives. No, I don’t think we are that bad, mister Keel. I think in fact we are in a better position these days than we were 100, 1000, or 10.000 years ago.
That doesn’t discredit the theory of inter-dimensional psychic aliens, but it’s something that the book could have done without.
The book, as a series of sentences (probably good for google searches)
Charles Fort – Hochstetter syndrome – Pyramids around the world – Strange tools carved in ancient times – Ancient advanced races – Lightning from the gods – Animal mutilations – Are we a farm? – Cryptozoology and ufo sightings – How to serve man – Aliens own the earth – Artifacts left by the ancients – Wilhelm Reich – Missing historical records – Are we engineered? – Millenia-old stone carvings – Brainwashing and hypnosis – Seances and alternate realities – Drunk interdimensional travelers – The rise of new-age thinking – A doomsday message